Catastrophe vs Cataclysm - What's the difference?

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Cataclysm is a related term of catastrophe.

Cataclysm is a related term of catastrophe.

Catastrophe is a related term of cataclysm.


As nouns the difference between catastrophe and cataclysm

is that catastrophe is any large and disastrous event of great significance while cataclysm is a sudden, violent event.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

catastrophe

Alternative forms

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Noun

(en noun)
  • Any large and disastrous event of great significance.
  • (insurance) A disaster beyond expectations
  • (narratology) The dramatic event that initiates the resolution of the plot in a tragedy.
  • (mathematics) A type of bifurcation, where a system shifts between two stable states.
  • Synonyms

    *nakba

    Derived terms

    * catastrophe bond * catastrophe theory

    cataclysm

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A sudden, violent event.
  • (geology) A sudden and violent change in the earth's crust.
  • A great flood.
  • Derived terms

    * cataclysmic